About this event

  • Date and time Wed 20 Jul 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Sir William Russell

Join us in this In Conversation Live episode with Sir William Russell, Alderman of the City of London, and Professor Roger Kirby, to discuss his work in public office, the importance of promoting UK trade internationally, financial services in London, his vast experience leading companies in the banking sector and multiple charities.

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William took office as the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London in November 2019. To ensure continuity of leadership during the current COVID-19 outbreak, he remained in office until November 2021. William’s
mayoral theme was the Global UK: Trade, Innovation and Culture, aiming to grow global trade, champion innovation and promote a vibrant cultural and creative economy. During his mayoralty, William led the Green Horizon Summit at COP26 alongside Mark Carney, promoting the importance of Finance and the City of London to help the UK get to NetZero.

William has over thirty years of experience in the financial and business City including holding senior positions in the national and international banking sector. In 1987 he went to work for First Boston Corporation before joining Merrill Lynch in 1992 as an Investment Banker in Institutional Equity Sales, working in Asia, New York and London. William is currently Chair of CDAM, a London based Asset Management business and Senior Advisor to STJ Advisors.

William served on the Board of Innovate Finance, the industry body for the UK based Fintech community and is also an educational entrepreneur, as the co-Founder and Chair of Knightsbridge School and a Director of Knightsbridge School International (KSI). William is a member of the Campaign Board for Durham Inspired, a landmark philanthropic campaign focused on ensuring Durham remains at the forefront of learning, research and education for generations to come.

William has a number of charitable interests; he has served as Chair of the Development Board of the Royal Court Theatre; he is a Board Member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Barbican, and is on
the Council of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust. He is immediate past Chair of Prostate Cancer UK and is currently Deputy Chair of Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity.

William was elected Alderman for the Ward of Bread Street in March 2013 and has since served on a number of the City of London Corporation Committees including the Policy and Resources Committee and the Education Board. William is a past Governor of the City of London School for Girls, the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Adams Grammar School and Abraham Darby Academy. He served as a Sheriff of the City of London in 2016-17 and, in that capacity, supported the then Lord Mayor, undertaking numerous visits and official functions. In 2021 William was elected as Governor of the Honourable the Irish Society.

William is a Court Assistant to both the Haberdashers’ and the Feltmakers’ Livery Companies, as well as an Honorary Liveryman of the Paviors’ Company.

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